Kitchen Inspiration Project – The Galley Sink

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas – The Galley Sink

The Galley Sink

Our inspiration for the sink was the picture on the left. We wanted a large sink with integrated drain board and cutting boards. It also looks cool, which is important 🙂 and the accessories, like colanders and washing bowls looked useful.

 A $2500 Sink!
We contacted a supplier and discovered the sinks price was $2500, a bit over our budget of $300. Luckily though we are kick ass remodeling contractors and we could create our own sink with all the characteristics we loved at at fraction of the cost!

 

Adapting the Design

We identified the characteristics of the sink we liked:

  • an integrated drain board for drying dishes or defrosting meat or just to place something when working in the sink
  • small compartment for the disposal, for Ice when entertaining or to use with an integrated bowl
  • ability to under mount the sink, makes clean up easier and looks super cool
  • accommodate an integrated cutting board to save counter space and for easier clean up

 

The End Result:

We found an Ikea sink for $200 that had a drainboard built in. It also had a nice lip all around the inside were a properly sized cutting board could fit and slide around easily. We cut down a bamboo board to fit and also created a bowl and colander board but cutting a resin cutting bard to fit the sink and cutting a hole it the board to fit a bowl or colander.

We’re pretty happy with the way thing came out. The sink works great and the accessories are easy to make using resin cutting boards. We may make a sliding drain board in the future for drying large things like our slow cooker bowl.

Pictures of the final sink:

Those counter tops, by the way, are made from 60 year old rail car flooring. It took a lot of work to get them sanded down and fitted but boy are they gorgeous and they are like 2″ thick! They are are real pleasure to prep food on every day.

Lessons Learned

Its easy to get a little crazy searching inspiration images on the internet especially when sites like Pinterest and Houzz make it so easy. It can be discourging when we discover that our favorite design or products are prices well above our budget or won’t fit in our space.

What’s important is to identify the characteristics of the inspiration photo you like. List the functional and aesthetic things you like about it and save that list along with the photo.

Discuss those characteristics with you designer, contractor or showroom representative and let them help you create a design or find products that meet those characteristics and fit you space and your budget.

Thanks for reading!